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NFL Draft Betting: What Position Will the Giants Address With Their First Pick in 2024?

Skyler Carlin
Skyler Carlin@skyler_carlin
NFL Draft Betting: What Position Will the Giants Address With Their First Pick in 2024?

The New York Giants went from exceeding expectations with a 9-7 record and a Wild Card victory in the 2022 season to going 6-11 and earning a top 10 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Life comes at you fast in the NFL, and the Giants have a bevy of positions they need to address this offseason to improve their roster for the 2024 campaign.

The Giants currently hold the No. 6 overall pick in this year's draft, giving them a variety of paths they can take early in the first round. When perusing through the NFL Draft odds on FanDuel Sportsbook, certain states have a chance to wager on what position the Giants will address with their first pick of the draft.

Will New York target one of the elite receiver prospects, an eventual replacement for Daniel Jones, or an offensive linemen to strengthen their trench unit? Let's take a look at what the Giants have done in free agency thus far and discuss the top positions they could use their first pick on in the 2024 NFL Draft.

NFL Draft Odds

2024 NFL Draft - Position of New York Giants First Drafted Player
Odds
Wide Receiver-190
Quarterback+210
Offensive Lineman+900
Tight End+2200
Defensive Line/Edge+2500
Cornerback+2500
Safety+20000
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Wide Receiver (-190)

During the early portion of the legal tampering period, the Giants witnessed Saquon Barkley agree to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles, and they have since replaced him with Devin Singletary. While losing one of their most dynamic weapons on offense hurts, the Giants desperately need help in the pass game more than they do in the run game. Acquiring a true No. 1 receiver for Jones -- or whoever starts at quarterback -- should be a high priority.

The good news for the Giants is that this year's class of wideouts is an extremely deep group. Marvin Harrison Jr. -- who has the shortest odds to be the first wide receiver drafted (-1050) -- will likely be off of the board unless New York moves up, but Malik Nabers and Rome Odunze could be available when the Giants are on the clock.

At the moment, the Giants have just one receiver -- Darius Slayton -- projected in their top-four spots on the depth chart who is listed taller than 6-foot. New York came to terms with veteran Isaiah McKenzie while Isaiah Hodgins is a restricted free agent.

Neither McKenzie nor Hodgins are receivers who have the potential to be the go-to option in New York's passing attack next season.

Regardless of who is under center, the Giants need a pass-catcher who can be a true difference-maker. The Giants haven't had a wide receiver eclipse 800 receiving yards in a season since Odell Beckham did so with 1,052 yards in 2018.

Quarterback (+210)

Throughout the NFL Scouting Combine, there were murmurs that the Giants could express interest in a quarterback in the first round, and ESPN's Jordan Raanan suggested they'd be willing to pull the trigger if the right opportunity presented itself.

Despite the Giants handing Jones a four-year, $160 million contract before the 2023 campaign kicked off, the former first-round pick struggled to the tune of 909 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and six interceptions in six starts last season as he missed 11 games due to injury. In his limited action, Jones registered a dismal -0.36 expected points added per drop back and a massive 15.8% sack rate, via NextGenStats.

New York doesn't seem fully committed to Jones long-term. With Tyrod Taylor headed to the New York Jets, the Giants have added Drew Lock to be their backup signal-caller in 2024.

Getting off of Jones' contract in the coming years is easier said than done, but the franchise might want to admit its mistake sooner rather than later. Taking the Giants to use their first pick on a quarterback at +210 odds is betting on them to either trade up for one of Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, or Jayden Daniels or possibly stay at No. 6 and draft J.J. McCarthy is also a name to watch.

New York currently has the third-shortest odds to draft J.J McCarthy (+430). They've moved considerably in that market as they were +1600 to take McCarthy as of roughly one month ago.

Offensive Lineman (+900)

While the Giants have a glaring hole at receiver and they may want to snag one of the quarterback prospects, there is still solid value in them taking an offensive lineman with their first pick. New York has been active in free agency, agreeing to terms with guard Jon Runyan and veteran Jermaine Eluemunor in hopes to improve up front.

Even though left-tackle Andrew Thomas is a Pro Bowl-caliber player when he's healthy, it remains to be seen if the Giants want Eluemunor starting at right-tackle. Former first-round pick Evan Neal has disappointed at right-tackle in recent years, so he can't be relied on entering the 2024 campaign.

Sack numbers are a combination of quarterbacks holding the ball and the performance of an offensive line. The Giants surrendered a league-worst 85 sacks last year, which was 20 more than the team with the second-most sacks allowed.

Joe Alt, Taliese Fuaga, J.C. Latham, Olumuyiwa Fashanu, and Troy Fautanu are all offensive linemen who have seen their draft stock rise since the NFL Combine. If the Giants are willing to wait for a receiver or if they address the position via trade, it wouldn't be the worst idea to use their first-round pick on an offensive lineman. The +900 number is intriguing.


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